- At its 2016 conference, the NUT proposed a national one-day strike against the government’s White Paper on school academisation.
- It repeated threats to boycott baseline tests, key stage 1 and key stage 2 Sats.
- national strike action was threatened over workload in a bid to change “intolerable working conditions”.
- Members voted for national strike and non-strike action if no progress was made in talks with the government over pay.
- Strikes were threatened to oppose the national funding formula and its impact on SEND provision.
- The prospect was also raised of strikes against “worsening conditions” to improve teacher recruitment and retention.
What came of it all?
Despite threatening strikes in no fewer than five different conference resolutions, the NUT took national strike action in England on only two days last year, with no regional action at all.
It did, however, follow through with its threat to take action in relation to funding and pay with a walkout on 5 July 2016.
Members in sixth-form colleges in England also staged a one-day strike over funding cuts on 15 March 2016.
The repeated threats of a primary tests boycott – which were also made by the ATL teaching union – failed to materialise.
- At its 2016 conference, the union called for local, regional and national strike action where employers were failing to protect members’ pay and conditions.
- The union voted for industrial action against the “abuse of marking procedures by schools”.
- Industrial action was also threatened to improve pay and conditions.
What came of it all?
While it threatened to strike in relation to pay and conditions, the NASUWT took no national strike action in 2016-17, apart from two days of action in Northern Ireland.
However, it did take local industrial action in 13 schools in England in relation to a variety of issues. These included redundancies, proposals to vary terms and conditions, “bullying and intimidation of members” and “excessive workload”.
The ATL is often viewed as less willing to strike than the other two major teaching unions. Its 2016 conference did not call for any specific industrial action or boycotts. The last time it took national strike action was related to pensions in 2011.
Mary Bousted, the ATL’s general secretary, said the union was “prepared to look at a boycott” of Sats when the NAHT heads’ union mooted the action last August, but nothing came of the threat